Msg#: 3635651 posted 8:02 am on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)
Dell's innovation? It will do the XP image installation for you. It may not sound like much, but the net result is that the computer leaves the factory with Windows XP Professional on it, rather than Vista.
Msg#: 3635651 posted 9:51 am on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)
This is a wrry for me. I am just about due to replace my desktop and I am in a quandary with regard to what OS to use.
I bought a new laptop last year which came with Vista pre-installed. I use it mainly for backup and when I go on holiday and I have to say that I have had few problems with it. Is Vista as bad as some people say it is?
Msg#: 3635651 posted 10:33 am on Apr 26, 2008 (gmt 0)
I've used vista in a variety of different environments (XP too). I've found the major advantages of Vista apply mainly to a home environment, and on the flipside the main disadvantages affect business uses.
So, my opinion would be that Vista is currently a good choice for a home OS. I gave up on it for business as I found that if nothing else it seriously dented productivity. I haven't seen any advantage that would make it a better choice than XP, which I have found extremely solid in business uses.
Apparently Vista uses more battery juice so it cuts down time you can run laptop on its own power, something that is not terribly long even in case of XP, so that's a big minus for Vista on laptops - higher power usage is not suprising given Aero stuff and other things, especially anything that would use disk in background.
I doubt they will stop selling XP until at least SP2.
Whilst this is a nice thing for Dell to offer - it's not with the standard versions of Vista - only with the very expensive Business end systems. Dell themselves don't bundle these expensive Vista licenses with their standard range of business machines.
Would Microsoft's refusal to allow sale of the XP operating system with systems constitute the basis for legal action by companies forced to use Vista with new machines and the significant software, productivity and retraining costs that involves (even if such costs are temporary as Microsoft claims... they are still costs which someone has to pay for)?
Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista license, which Microsoft calls a "downgrade" license. In essence, the user is buying a Vista license that it can apply to XP, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale.